Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce

Seriously amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce made in the Instant Pot! Super quick, so smooth & creamy that you won't believe its vegan! 
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Super cheesy and creamy Vegan Cheese Sauce made in the Instant Pot!

Use it on nachos, as dips, over pasta or make your favorite mac & cheese!

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a hand dipping chips into a bowl of vegan cheese sauce made in the instant pot

Vegan cheese? Have you guys ever tried it? I am not a vegan but I am often intrigued by some of the vegan products that I see in the market.

I remember once I was very fascinated with tempeh and bought a big packet from the store. I was not able to eat it at all!

I can eat pretty much everything as long as its vegetarian but I wasn’t able to eat tempeh. Maybe it was just me and I need to give it another shot?

Recently, I bought a pack of vegan cheese to use on my pizza from Trader Joe’s. To my disappointment, it turned out really bad and ruined my pizza. I just couldn’t eat it.

There was no taste and it was all a big mess. Is there any vegan cheese that you guys like? Let me know and maybe I will give it another go.

Anyway, I am not a very cheese person but sometime back I happened to try a vegan cheese sauce at a restaurant which I really enjoyed. I thought it was so cheesy and so perfect and I couldn’t believe it was vegan.

Since then, making a vegan cheese sauce has been on my to do list and what better than using my Instant Pot to do it!

You guys, this sauce is so cheesy, really it tastes like the real deal. You would have a hard time believing it’s all vegan.

vegan cheese sauce being poured with a spoon in a white bowl

How to Make Vegan Cheese Sauce

Well you start off with some creamy vegetables like carrots, potato. Add cashews for more creaminess, add in some spices for flavor and then add the most important ingredient – nutritional yeast!

Have you guys ever had nutritional yeast? I started adding to it salads, soups and dips recently. Don’t confuse this with the active dry yeast that you use for baking.

This is totally different, it’s deactivated yeast and you can find it online at amazon or at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s. Adding the nutritional yeast really bring out the cheesy flavor.

This is one ingredients which you absolutely cannot skip in this recipe!

This vegan cheese sauce recipe is so simple to make in the Instant Pot. You just need to dump everything together, cook it on high pressure and then puree it in a blender to a smooth sauce.

So easy and tasty!

a hand dipping chips into a bowl of vegan cheese sauce made in the instant pot

How to Eat The Vegan Cheese Sauce?

In so many ways!

  • Use as a dip with veggies, chips
  • Top is over chips for nachos
  • Toss with macroni for vegan mac n cheese
  • Toss with rice and veggies for a creamy bowl of cheesy rice

And so so much more!

I hope you guys give this recipe a try. It’s made with simple ingredients (except the nutritional yeast) and is really good.

Can I Freeze The Vegan Cheese Sauce?

Yes, you may! I divide the sauce into small portions and then freeze each portion in a separate ziplock. Squeeze as much air as possible from your ziplock and then freeze.

Take out the portion that you want to use and place in the refrigerator overnight. I have in fact frozen couple of portions and I will get back to you how it works.

 

Method

1- To your instant pot add cubed russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cashews and 1 cup water.

2- Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.

Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release by manually moving the valve from sealing to venting position.

3- Let the veggies cool down a bit and then transfer them to a high speed blender.

4- Add nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, turmeric, white vinegar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup of either water or almond milk.

making vegan cheese sauce in the instant pot

Pulse for 30 seconds or until the sauce is super creamy and smooth. Transfer vegan cheese sauce to serving bowl. Enjoy with chips or veggies!

vegan cheese sauce being poured from a white mug into a blue bowl

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Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce

vegan cheese sauce being poured with a spoon in a white bowl
Manali
Seriously amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce made in the Instant Pot! Super quick, so smooth & creamy that you won't believe its vegan! 
4.85 from 26 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 86 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large russet potato 320 grams, cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato 300 grams, cubed
  • 2 large carrots 170 grams, cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup cashews raw, 35 grams
  • 1 cup water 8 oz
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.25 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water or almond milk 2 oz

Instructions
 

  • To your instant pot add cubed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cashews and 1 cup water.
  • Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.
    Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release by manually moving the valve from sealing to venting position.
  • Let the veggies cool down a bit and then transfer them to a high speed blender.
  • Add nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, turmeric, white vinegar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup of either water or almond milk.
  • Pulse for 30 seconds or until the sauce is super creamy and smooth. Transfer vegan cheese sauce to serving bowl. Enjoy with chips or veggies!

Notes

If you want to spice is up: add cayenne pepper, green chilies.
To add more flavors: add in some onion powder, miso paste or tomato paste.

Nutrition

Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 757mgPotassium: 287mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 6235IUVitamin C: 4.3mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1.1mg
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63 thoughts on “Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce

  1. 5 stars
    I really liked this as did my family. I could see that if you were a new vegan it might disappoint, it does have a different flavor than traditional cheese sauce. But if you are not expecting the exact taste, it’s really good! I had some leftovers that I added to a tofu scramble and it elevated the dish! Thank you.

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